EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

In an emergency, ham radio is an essential form of communication, Mike Johnson says

A free workshop about ham radios will be held in Sackville on Oct. 22. (Nicole Williams/CBC)

A ham radio probably isn’t the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it’s the only one that works.

Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios.

And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management co-ordinator.

He is partnering up with EOS Eco-Energy and the West Cumb Amateur Radio Club to hold a free workshop in Sackville to try get more people interested in ham radios.

Different technology

Johnson, who is also a member of the WestCumb club in Amherst, N.S., said that when we lose essential communications such as cellphones, landlines and the Internet — a ham radio can come to the rescue. Hurricane Michael, which struck Florida this week, devastated normal channels of communications.

Storms that knock out telecommunications for long periods of time create more problems for co-ordinated emergency response, he said.

He said he’s already seen how ham radios could help in New Brunswick.

In January 2017, a massive ice storm knocked out power to thousands in the northeast for days.

Operators dwindling

“It became very difficult,” said Johnson.

Today, ham radios are considered a hobby more than a necessity, and not many people know how they work.

“Our numbers are dwindling,” Johnson said of the amateur radio clubs.

But younger members are needed, especially since the clubs’ services may be needed even more as the climate changes.

“We still use Morse code to this day,” he said.

Requires a test

Johnson said there are a few steps to becoming a ham radio operator.

“You need to study, take the test, once you pass it’s a one-time cost,” he said. “It’s good for life.”

After that, it’s just buying the equipment to use. Equipment for amateur radio costs between $300 and $5,000.

The workshop will be held at the Sackville Royal Canadian Legion on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

October 17th General Meeting

The Next CAARC  General Meeting  will be held on Wednesday October 17 at 7:30PM .  

You will be able to sign up for membership at the meeting.

We will meet at the Red Deer County Protective Services Station Number 6 building located at 249 Clearview Drive east of the Westerner Park. Go south of 19th Street on 40th Ave . Turn left on Clearview Drive and follow it to the east around the corner south to the Red Deer County Protective Services Station Number 6 Building on the east side.

See the google map below.New SAR

SET 2018 Oct13

SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST 2018 October 13

The Scenario: Please see Stephen’s post below

 

Possible useful info:

National HF ARES Frequencies

SSB Frequencies Tactical

75 M ‐ 3.675 MHz LSB Alfa

40 M ‐ 7.135 MHz LSB Bravo

20 M ‐ 14.135 MHz USB Charlie

17 M ‐ 18.135 MHz USB Delta

15 M ‐ 21.235 MHz USB Echo

10 M ‐ 28.235 MHz USB Foxtrot

CW Frequencies Tactical

80 M ‐ 3.535 MHz Golf

40 M ‐ 7.035 MHz Hotel

20 M ‐ 14.035 MHz India

17 M ‐ 18.075 MHz Juliett

15 M ‐ 21.035 MHz Kilo

10 M ‐ 28.035 MHz Lima

Digital Frequencies Tactical

80 M ‐ 3.596 MHz Mike

40 M ‐ 7.096 MHz November

20 M ‐ 14.096 MHz Oscar

17 M ‐ 18.096 MHz Papa

15 M ‐ 21.096 MHz Quebec

10 M ‐ 28.096 MHz Romeo

 

IRLP Reflector 9302

 

ARES Red Deer system

Frequency Offset Tone Location State Call  Use
146.5550 0 MHz 103.5 Rimbey AB VE6YXR OPEN
444.5500 +5 MHz 91.5 Red Deer AB VE6YXR OPEN
447.6000 -5 MHz 110.9 Buck Lake AB VE6YXR OPEN
448.7500 -5 MHz 107.2 Crossfield AB VE6YXR OPEN
449.8750 -5 MHz 107.2 Alix AB VE6YXR OPEN
449.8750 -5 MHz 103.5 Sundre, Limestone Mtn AB VE6YXR OPEN

 

CAARC system

Frequency Offset Tone Location State Call  Use
145.2100 -0.6 MHz Nordegg AB VE6PZ OPEN
145.4300 -0.6 MHz Big Valley AB VE6UK OPEN
146.9100 -0.6 MHz Rocky Mtn House AB VE6VHF OPEN
147.1500 +0.6 MHz Red Deer AB VE6QE OPEN
444.7500 +5 MHz Red Deer AB VE6QE OPEN

 

SARA system

Frequency Offset Tone Location State Call  Use
145.2100 -0.6 MHz Nordegg AB VE6PZ OPEN
145.3300 -0.6 MHz 114.8 Red Deer, Pine Lake AB VE6REP OPEN
145.4100 -0.6 MHz 114.8 Sherwood Park, CBC Tower AB VE6NHB OPEN
145.4300 -0.6 MHz Big Valley AB VE6UK OPEN
146.5550

145.4900

0 MHz

-0.6 MHZ

103.5 Rimbey

Olds

AB

AB

VE6YXR

VE6OLS

OPEN

OPEN

146.6100 -0.6 MHz 114.8 Calgary, CBC Tower AB VE6OIL OPEN
146.6100 -0.6 MHz 100.0 Lamont, Elk Island Park AB VE6TNC OPEN
146.7300 -0.6 MHz 100.0 Athabasca AB VE6BOX OPEN
146.8200 -0.6 MHz Delia AB VE6HB OPEN
146.9100 -0.6 MHz Rocky Mtn House AB VE6VHF OPEN
147.0750 +0.6 MHz 141.3 Innisfree AB VE6YHB OPEN
147.0900 +0.6 MHz 100.0 Pigeon Lake AB VE6PLP OPEN
147.1200 +0.6 MHz Brooks AB VE6EID OPEN
147.1500 +0.6 MHz Red Deer AB VE6QE OPEN
147.3000 +0.6 MHz 123.0 Edmonton AB VE6TOP OPEN
147.3300 +0.6 MHz 100.0 Edmonton, River Cree Casino AB VE6JN OPEN
224.7600 -1.6 MHz 100.0 Edmonton AB VE6HM OPEN
442.9000 +5 MHz 141.3 Bonnyville AB VE6YHB OPEN
442.9000 +5 MHz 114.8 Calgary, CBC Tower AB VE6OIL OPEN
442.9000 +5 MHz 123.0 Jarrow AB VE6HDY OPEN
443.5750 +5 MHz 114.8 Sundre, Limestone Mtn AB VE6MTR OPEN
444.1750 +5 MHz 123.0 Kingman AB VE6MTR OPEN
444.4250 +5 MHz 114.8 Delia AB VE6GWR OPEN
444.4250 +5 MHz 141.3 Westlock AB VE6MTR OPEN
444.5500 +5 MHz 91.5 Red Deer AB VE6YXR OPEN
444.7000 +5 MHz 123.0 Edmonton AB VE6TOP OPEN
444.7500 +5 MHz Red Deer AB VE6QE OPEN
444.9500 +5 MHz 114.8 Sherwood Park, CBC Tower AB VE6NHB OPEN
444.9750 +5 MHz 114.8 Vulcan AB VE6AAP OPEN
446.9750 -5 MHz 114.8 Smoky Lake AB VE6SSM OPEN
448.7500 -5 MHz 107.2 Crossfield AB VE6YXR OPEN
449.3250 -5 MHz 123.0 Wetaskiwin, Bear Hills AB VE6MTR OPEN
449.8750 -5 MHz 107.2 Alix AB VE6YXR OPEN
449.8750 -5 MHz 103.5 Sundre, Limestone Mtn AB VE6YXR OPEN

 

IRLP nodes

AB

NodeID CallSign Node City Province or State Frequency CTCSS
1068 VE6HM Edmonton – EchoIRLP #51068 AB 147.0600 100.0
1099 VE6MO CAMROSE ECHO/PIRLP #8137 AB 146.5800 100.0
1188 VE6RCM Medicine Hat AB 147.5700 100.0
1199 VE6MO CAMROSE – ECHO/PiRLP # 4499 AB 446.0000 114.8
1260 SARA Province-wide AB 444.9500 114.8
1311 VE6ZH Alix AB 147.2100 None
1353 VE6QE Red Deer AB 147.1500 None
1419 VE6AEC Edmonton-EchoIRLP *4191 AB 442.1500 146.2
1440 VE6LAW St. Albert AB 146.9400 100.0
1476 VE6HFD Hanna AB 146.8200 None
1483 VE6LK Aldersyde AB 145.4700 None
1485 VA6KE Lacombe AB 147.4200 203.5
1492 VA6WM Whitecourt AB 146.4000 100.0
1640 VE6JBW County of Newell AB 146.5500 110.9
1659 VA6OK Coronation AB 146.8950 100.0
1788 VE6XVK Edmonton – EchoIRLP #51788 AB 446.4750 100.0
1810 VE6PWT Calgary AB 147.5500 88.5
1890 VE6AAH ve6ars QTH Porcupine Hills AB 0.0000 None
3296 VE6EN Calgary AB 223.5500 114.8

 

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) – October 13, 2018

 

 

The 2018 Simulated Emergency Test will be held on Saturday, October 13, starting 9am local time on the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club repeater network, VE6QE etc.

This will be a virtual exercise for a train derailment. As a virtual exercise there is no need for anyone to travel to take part.

The exercise will use a Net Control Station (NCS) plus a minimum eight other stations.

Each operator participating in the exercise will receive a script detailing station location.

The following link includes the instructions and minimum specific messages noted above: SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST 2018

Hope you are able to take part.

73

Stephen Lee, VA6SGL CEC

CAARC and Red Deer & Area EC

Cell: (403) 307-1643

Thanks to CAARC

SABRE-27 High Altitude Balloon

Hi

The weather is looking promising so we’re going to give it another try this Saturday, September 29.

Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested.

73, Bruce – VE5BNC

Unfortunately we’ve had to postpone the flight due to terrible weather.  (near freezing, 40km winds and a mix of snow and rain).

I’ll re-send an announcement when we have it rescheduled.

Thanks

Bruce

 

Hi Bob

The Saskatoon Amateur Radio Club is planning on flying a VHF voice repeater on our next flight on September 22.  Please pass this on to anyone you think will be interested.

SABRE-27 High Altitude Balloon is scheduled to be launched on Saturday, September 22 at 15:00 UTC (Weather Permitting)

Some of the particulars are:

SABRE-27 High Altitude Balloon Amateur Radio Payloads

2 meter, 1 watt Simplex Repeater (a Store and Forward or Parrot Repeater)

Repeater Simplex Frequency  147.540MHz  (Up-link and Down-link)

Repeater ID:   VE5AA

Two – APRS Trackers sending information on Altitude, Latitude, Longitude

VE5AA-11  500 MW beacon every minute also with Telemetry of Temperature and Battery Voltage
VE5AA-12  500 mW beacon every minute, timed to interleave with VE5AA-11 beacons
A 10 mW CW beacon on 433.9 (+- as it will drift with temperature)

People can view the location of SABRE-27 by searching for the APRS tracker ID’s on aprs.fi

or use link                https://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FVE5AA-11%2Ca%2FVE5AA-12&timerange=21600&tail=21600

The payloads will ascend with the balloon and descend with a parachute, total time 3 to 4 hours

Anticipated height is at least 90,000 feet (18miles) variable

Of particular interest to many Radio Amateur may be the 2m Simplex Repeater operating at a height of 18 miles above earth, that should provide a fairly wide coverage, possible west to BC, east to Ontario, and south to the northern States.  Range of the extended repeater coverage will vary depending on height of repeater at various times but may be usable for approximately 3 hours.

We encourage all Radio Amateurs regardless of their location or type of equipment, to take participate, and take advantage of this opportunity to get some DX? through a 2meter qrp repeater up in the sky.

Lets see what kind of radio coverage we can get.

Thanks

Bruce – VE5BNC

Report on CAARC 2018 Field Day

Well, ARRL Field Day is over for another year. Some Central Alberta amateurs operated this event from the Red Deer County EOC Amateur Radio Station. I would like to thank CAARC for encouraging me in this venture. I also thank Rod, VE6XY, and Stephen, VA6SGL, for trying to keep me grounded. And a special thank you to Brian for helping me understand the radios and correcting the aim of the HF beam antenna and for serving as Safety Officer. Ric Henderson, now Assistant County Manager of Red Deer County, found a way to let it happen. Ryan Mysko of Red Deer County served as the Red Deer County EOC member of our planning team. And a big Thank You to him for being patient with the preparations and testing and facilitating our access to the county’s radio station.

The buck stops with me for this event. Please tell me what could have been organized better.

Although we did not make a lot of contacts, several Central Alberta hams are now more familiar with the radios at the county station. We managed to make contacts with Connecticut, Alaska and Hawaii, among other places, as well as Alberta. Someone responded to our digital CQ but we were not set up to be quick enough on the reply. I also sent a CW QRL on what appeared to be a clear code frequency, someone answered, unfortunately, I was not confident enough to follow up. So we had no digital or CW contacts although we did make our presence known in both modes for a very little while on each. We will be better prepared next time.

The CAT connection between the logging program and the Kenwood TS-480HX had failed approximately one hour into Field Day. We now have to investigate the cause and figure out the resolution of this problem. This did not stop us from making contacts but provided a potential for our logging the contact in the wrong band.

I did try to send a formal NTS format message on its way to the Alberta Section manager. Maybe I started too late, about 11:15 Sunday. Using my truck mounted mobile, I asked if anyone would accept a formal message for forwarding on repeater VE6REP at least once, but I did not hear anyone accept. I did ask a couple of more times.

We did not try WinLInk because I could not make it work in pre-Field Day Trials. Winlink is not needed by itself for Field Day but it facilitates messaging which can be used to earn more points. More investigation and preparation are needed for this before the next Field Day.

Unfortunately, in all the confusion, we did not get any photographs or videos.

Ryan says that he is quite enthusiastic for this exercise to happen again. He was impressed by the way the radios had been tested and problems corrected. He is also planning to create a write-up for the Red Deer County newspaper.
Thank you to all who participated:

Ryan, “VE62B”
Rod, VE6XY
Stephen, VA6SGL
Brian, VE6CKC
Mike, VE6MIM
Sylvia, VE6SYL
Maria, VA6TFL
Darcy, VE6DWG
Helge, VE6HNO
Andre, VA6ARJ
Emily St-Hilaire

and thanks also to the local amateurs who responded on 146.490 MHz.

Here is a copy of the summary file created by our N3FJP ARRL Field Day Log. This was part of the submission to the ARRL. Note that although the stated number of simultaneous transmitters is 1, the rules allow one free VHF station to also operate.

ARRL Field Day
1. Field Day Call Used: VA6RDC GOTA Station Call:
2. Club or Group Name: Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club
3. Number of Participants: 13
4. Number of transmitters in simultaneous operation: 1
5. Entry Class: Check only one.
__A. Club or non-club portable
__B. 1 or 2 person non-club group portable
_____List calls of operators:
__C. Mobile
__D. Home station commercial power
__E. Home station emergency power
X F. Emergency Operations Center
6. Check All power sources used.
__Generator
X Commercial mains
__Battery
__Solar
__Other (list)
7. ARRL / RAC Section: AB
8. Total CW QSOs: 0 X 2 = Total CW QSO points: 0
9. Total Digital QSOs: 0 X 2 = Total Digital QSO points: 0
10. Total Phone QSOs: 23 X 1 = Total Phone QSO points: 23
11. Total QSO points: 23
12. Power Multiplier (select only one)
__5 Watts or less and Battery powered = 5
X 150 Watts or less = 2
__Over 150 Watts = 1
13. Power Multiplier: 2
14. Claimed Score: 46
15. Bonus points claimed: Please check each block as appropriate and
include required proof of points with your submission. All bonus points
will be verified at ARRL HQ and added to your score.
__100% Emergency power
X Media Publicity
__Set-up in Public Place
__Information Booth
__NTS message to ARRL SM/SEC
X W1AW Field Day Message
__Formal NTS messages handled (# 0)
__Satellite QSO completed
__Natural Power QSOs Completed
__Site Visited by invited elected official
__Site Visited by invited served agency official
__Educational Activity Bonus
__Youth Element achieved (# 0)
__GOTA Bonus (total bonus points: 0)
__Submitted using the b4h.net applet
__Social Media
__Safety Officer
Total Bonus Points Claimed: 200
16. I/We have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations for amateur radio in my/our country. My/our report is correct and true to the best of my/our knowledge. I/We agree to be bound by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee.
Date: 06/26/2018
Call: VA6RDC
Signature: John Allen
Address: c/o Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club
Address: P.O. Box 1103
Address: Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6S5
Address: CANADA
E-Mail Address: …snipped/sja…
Operating Period: 2018/06/23 18:40 – 2018/06/24 16:05

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:
Band  CW Power Dig Power Phone Power Total %
—-      —     —–    —–  —–    —–     —–    —–    —
40       0     150     0     150        7     150       7     30
20       0     150     0     150      12    150      12     52
2         0     150     0     150       4      150       4     17

GOTA 0   150      0      150       0      150       0      0
— —– —– —– —– —– —– —
Total   0               0                 23                 23  100

18. List all callsigns of all operators and number of QSO’s completed of the GOTA Station:

Submission file created by N3FJP’s ARRL Field Day Contest Log
Version 5.8

Here is a copy of the ADIF log file created by our N3FJP ARRL Field Day Log. An alphanumeric list of stations worked by band/mode during the Field Day period based on this document was submitted to the ARRL. The 12 contacts before 2200 UTC were from the County Office EOC Radio Station. The 9 contacts after 2200 UTC were made from the temporary portable station established in Rod’s, VE6XY’s, RV camper trailer with a “balcony antenna“ clamped to its roof access ladder.

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP’s ARRL Field Day Contest Log 5.8
CONTEST: ARRL-FIELD-DAY
CALLSIGN: VA6RDC
LOCATION: RED DEER
ARRL-SECTION: AB
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED
CATEGORY-TIME: 24-HOURS
…several lines repeating previous information snipped/sja…
QSO: 14275 PH 2018-06-23 1840 VA6RDC 1F AB   N7KE        1A EWA
QSO: 14314 PH 2018-06-23 1848 VA6RDC 1F AB   K7LED      6A WWA
QSO: 14264 PH 2018-06-23 1856 VA6RDC 1F AB   VA7RER   2A BC
QSO: 14206 PH 2018-06-23 1906 VA6RDC 1F AB   W7OTV    4A OR
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-23 1909 VA6RDC 1F AB   NF6          1E SF
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-23 1919 VA6RDC 1F AB   VE7SCC   3A BC
QSO:     144 PH 2018-06-23 1919 VA6RDC 1F AB   VE6HPY   1D AB
QSO:     144 PH 2018-06-23 1920 VA6RDC 1F AB   VA6PPZ   1D AB
QSO:     144 PH 2018-06-23 1921 VA6RDC 1F AB   VE6SNL  1D AB
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-23 1940 VA6RDC 1F AB   WL7CSJ   1F AK
QSO:     144 PH 2018-06-23 2114 VA6RDC 1F AB   VA6TNA   1C AB
QSO:  7000 PH 2018-06-23 2126 VA6RDC  1F AB   VE7CMR  3A BC
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-23 2132 VA6RDC 1F AB   N7VSS     1A EB
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-23 2137 VA6RDC 1F AB   W6YX       5F SCV
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-24 0004 VA6RDC 1F AB   W3YA       1D EPA
QSO:   7000 PH 2018-06-24 0128 VA6RDC 1F AB   W7OTV    3A OR
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-24 0351 VA6RDC 1F AB   W6HA      3A LAX
QSO:   7000 PH 2018-06-24 0413 VA6RDC 1F AB   AA7CR     2A ORG
QSO:   7000 PH 2018-06-24 0424 VA6RDC 1F AB   AA7TW    1D ID
QSO:   7000 PH 2018-06-24 0639 VA6RDC 1F AB   NH6JC     2A PAC
QSO: 14000 PH 2018-06-24 1526 VA6RDC 1F AB   VE7SS     2A BC
QSO:   7000 PH 2018-06-24 1541 VA6RDC 1F AB   K7A          2A WWA
QSO:   7000 PH 2018-06-24 1605 VA6RDC 1F AB   K7LED     6A WWA
END-OF-LOG:

Same time next year?
John Allen, VA6SJA
2018 CAARC Field Day Chairman

Online petition about radio interference

Online petition about radio interference
Deadline for signatures: October 4, 2018

Radio Amateurs in Quebec have told us of a petition involving a radio station that is “generating interference on purpose”.

While we have not had a chance to investigate the specific details of the incidents the petition refers to we agree with the importance of acting to support the security of high frequency communications.

Those interested in signing the petition can do so at the following website:

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1631

The petition will be closed for signatures on October 4, 2018 at 9:33 am.

Alan Griffin

RAC MarCom Director
  • Calendar

    October 2018

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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
    • SET
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • CAARC General Meeting At Red Deer County Firehall # 6
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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